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  1. Here is a link to the best review I have read about the Mardi Gras. Even though you may not need a bunch of bells and whistles, this ship is truly a game changer for Carnival. I have cruised on Carnival 20 times over 35 years, but I currently have 4 booked on the Mardi Gras and 1 on the Celebration, it's sister ship debuting next year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aukVBEpaf2U&t=3s Below is a link to the deckplans https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Carnival-Mardi-Gras Something on the hump or an ocean suite should do the trick for you. Good luck
  2. I have had 4 cruises cancelled since Covid started and I took 2 refunds and 2 FCC's @ 125%. Luckily American has been issuing credits and I lucked out with a Priceline hotel reservation that the general manager of the hotel agreed to switch with no penalty.
  3. Since the kids are not involved, I would book the inaugural on the Excel 3.
  4. You can order an app, salad, soup, 2 sides, entree and dessert. If you want a second app instead of soup or salad, you can do that as well. Since you have a lot of food to eat, including the amuse bouche, I would get the cheesecake wrapped to go and placed in your frig to enjoy later that night or the following day.
  5. Does it have to be Europe? I would look into either of the Excel ships, the Mardi Gras or the Celebration. A B2B on either of them would be nice and reasonably priced in late August if needed to be over the summer. Or, you could possibly do the inaugural of Excel 3, which is rumored to be in November of 2023, but the kids would have to be removed from school.
  6. It has been rumored that it will last for the inaugural season, but no firm date has been set. The menus at Pig & Anchor as well as Cucina are different than the other ships in the fleet, so don't go in there with a preconceived idea because you may be disappointed, such as the Tomahawk pork chop at Cucina. On a positive note the P&A have added daily specials to their dinner menu such as a 7 oz filet on Saturday's and a 10 oz strip steak on Sunday's.
  7. Sounds spectacular, especially since you only need to fly home.
  8. Things are fluid because of Covid and policies have and will continue to change on a dime. Many on here have had cruises cancelled and have had to cancel flights, hotels, parking at home airport, shuttles to cruise port, etc. It is the price we have to pay if we wish to play the game. Learned a long time ago that we don't make the rules, we only play the game.
  9. Carnival will be cruising in Europe between May and October in 2022 with the Pride. Carnival does not want to cannibalize too much of their other corporation's cruise lines that are based in Europe so that's why they only base 1 ship there during the high summer season for about 5 months. Aida (Germany), Costa (Italy) and P&O (UK) have the economy lines covered. While US based Princess and Holland America offer upgraded sailings. If you must sail on a US based line, I would compare things with Princess. They offer Princess plus for 40 per day for their sailings. After factoring out the 15.50 that you would normally pay for tips, for an extra 25.50 per day, you get their drinks package as well as wifi. Extreme value when you compare what Carnival charges for their wifi and Cheers.
  10. The Blue Iguana Tequila bar is the best place for tequila. They will have Roca Patron as well as Don Julio Anejo and Don Julio Reposado. All three are covered under Cheers. This as well as the Red Frog Pub, not rum bar would be your best bets for daytime alcohol consumption. For pre dinner cocktails as well as evening drinking, the Alchemy bar is the only place to go, everything on their menu is covered under Cheers. If you're looking for the best wines on board, go to the bar at Fahrenheit 555. You can drink there even if you're not dining there. Floaters on top of drinks are not covered under Cheers. You would have to wait 5 minutes and order it neat and then pour it on top. It would then count as two drinks obviously.
  11. I believe they are only available on the Vista Class ships. It was tested back in 2019 on the Horizon and Firefly recently bought it on the Vista. I am assuming it's also on the Panorama. Have not read about any of the other ships in the fleet having it.
  12. The 12 day repo cruise next August on the Celebrity Summit from Bayonne to Iceland stops in Iceland, Greenland and Canada.
  13. Bayonne NJ, both RCI and Celebrity embark from there.
  14. Only offer I ever got that was worth anything was the OV8 code, good for 200 in OBC. Currently have it on 2 different B2B's on the Mardi Gras in 2022, so it's worth 800.
  15. It says in the fine print of Cheers about the different items not included such as the fresh squeezed OJ, floaters, beer tubed, fish bowls, etc. The pour your own draft on the Lido deck is now included on the Mardi Gras since the Mardi Gras has the pour your own soda which is covered by both Cheers and bottomless bubbles.
  16. There is no tax charged on the Cheers package, just the additional gratuity charge on the package which is added whether you buy it on board or beforehand. The individual drink taxes are charged on day one while still in US waters as well as any US port that you may visit such as San Juan or Key West. And if embarking from Galveston or NYC, Cheers kicks in at 600 am on day two.
  17. Cause I have 5 cruises currently booked on Excel Class ships, that's why. I'm also booked on B2B cruises on the Celebrity Apex and the Discovery Princess, as well as multiple bookings on the Norwegian Prima, all of them being the newest ships in their prospective fleets. So, it looks like I do in fact have a nice life.
  18. Carnival is going to have Excel 3 in Galveston as competition.
  19. I believe yes. So it looks like all specialty dining, Cheers and a gift for the wife could be in your future.
  20. I'm booked on the Prima for an 11 day repo leaving on Halloween 2022 out of Galveston and going to Miami, with 5 port stops of Cozumel, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao & Great Stirrup Cay. The cruise prior to that starts in NYC, makes the sane itinerary in reverse and ends in Galveston. We are also booked in September of 2023 out of London on the Prima going to Belfast, Dublin, 3 stops in Iceland including an overnight in Reykjavik and 3 stops in Norway. I'm deciding now between a 7 day on her out of PC or a 7 day on the Celebration at the end of February in 2023.
  21. When I meant stuck I was not just talking about the deals that the gamblers got, but also including the deals that West coast based cruisers were getting on the Panorama and other promotional sailings being target marketed to select clientele.
  22. True, because 20+ ships in the Carnival fleet are junk when you compare them to their competition and because of this they are in my rearview mirror unless for some reason Carnival comes up with an itinerary on one of the older ships that is better than the competition. I certainly will not be holding my breath for that.
  23. Trust me, Platinum is not all that's it's cracked up to be. Have had it over 10 years and priority boarding and the dedicated line at guest services are the only perks I use. The same perks that can be purchased via FTTF, which was the impetus of the devaluation of Platinum status
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